Increasing Your Deadlift Grip Strength & What You Need To Know!
If you are reading this, chances are, you are looking for those exclusive tips or techniques that rocket your grip strength. You know, that grip strength where you can crush walnuts with your bare hands.
Increasing your grip strength doesn’t need to be hard nor confusing!
Gathered here is a list of techniques that are by far the most effective ways for building grip strength like a vice.
Class is in session!
Do Deadlifts…No Really, Do Deadlifts.
But proven effective? Hell yes!
If you are deadlifting already, give yourself a pat on the back and a gold star. Deadlifts are effective, tough & obsolete.
Typically the most common grip of choice is the over and under (palms facing you and other facing away.)
Why is this you say?
More power and better grip on the bar at heavier weights.
Lets change that up and you will quickly notice that your max weight becomes harder to hold on to.
Using both overhand grips allow you to build strength in the wrist and forearms when holding onto the bar with this grip.
This is not to say the other grip is not effective.
But if I had to make a choice on which is better, I’d choose the latter.
Thicken It Up
If you find holding onto a loaded barbell taxes your grip and fatigues your forearms like hell, then you are in for a big surprise.
Adding an extra layer around the bar can significantly improve your grip twofold and you don’t even need clinical trials to prove that!
Certain gyms have thick bars specifically designed to make your forearms beg for mercy.
These bars will help your grip in any exercise that you can possibly think of ie; barbell curls, rows, deadlifts, bench press, the list goes on.
Also, if your gym doesn’t have this, leave immediately and complain to them why you are paying $30.00 a month for membership!
If that doesn’t work, you can try several options that work.
For one, you can grab a towel and wrap it around and proceed with your workouts.
Two, you can grab those cushions that people typically use when they squat.
I find those work really well.
Lastly, you can be a total baller and grab yourself a pair of Fat gripz!
So you are probably thinking, “What’s Fat gripz?”
Fat gripz! The #1 tool of the pros! From bodybuilders, strongmen, to NFL, MLB, MMA fighters & even the US special forces!
Fat gripz is mainly designed to thicken your grip and build your forearms like tree trunks.
Fat gripz wrap around any standard barbell or dumbbell to allow better recruitment of muscles.
Ok, so enough with the infomercial crap. But they do what they are intended to do, create a thicker bar and increase grip strength.
Either option is effective and will get you to where you want to go.
Pinch It And Pinch It Good!
The main idea here is to increase your grip strength by the use of two plates.
No, not your dinnerware, but the 10 lb plates at your gym.
Take these two and pinch them together in one hand and hold for as long as possible.
You will notice from the start that it’s effective and burns like hell.
The longer you go, the stronger you get.
If you find 10 lbs to be a breeze, grab two 25 lb plates and hold till the cows come home.
After this, you should have forearms and a grip that even Zeus will be envious of.
Nutcracker Devices/Strong Grip Devices
Honestly, I have no clue on the official names of these things, but I am pretty sure you have seen them.
The picture below for visual.
These devices absolutely rule!
Portable, effective & simple!
The other reason I like them is, I can sit anywhere and use them.
I can also get a quick 10-minute exercise while watching The Sopranos!
Typically, I do 3 sets of 12 with the standard grip. Then I turn it upside down my index finger gets more work for 3 sets of 12 reps.
After this, my veins feel like they will explode, but it’s also a good feeling when you look at your forearms and they look like two meaty turkey legs.
That pretty much wraps it up! 4 (not so) secret techniques that will help you increase your grip strength!
Not only does this help for exercise, but having a strong grip can help in your daily life?
I will let you know when I find that out. =/